The dark clouds of the 2G scam and the repeat- ed evidence being given by A. Raja and other accused of his tacit involvement and other acts of omission and commission are menacingly closing in on Chidambaram. Chidambaram's note assumes significance in the light of Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy's petition in the Supreme Court saying that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) should investigate Chidambaram's role in the 2G scam. Swamy alleges that Chidambaram "fixed" spectrum rates along with Raja. The note shows that even if the two didn't collude to fix the prices, Chidambaram wanted to treat it as a "closed chapter".
He is losing his cool, and more importantly, losing his carefully clipped English accent to its more indigenous roots more often. And like his colleague Digvijay Singh, his mind seems to be disintegrating to a stage where he has started talking gibberish. Take this, for example: in reply to the BJP demand for his resignation for his involvement in the 2G scam, Chidambaram claims that the BJP is targeting him since he initiated a probe by the NIA into Hindu terror.
Can any rational person see the connection between the two?
Chidambaram's special financial skills have diversified into electoral politics also. He has the dis- tinction of having been declared defeated in the last Lok Sabha election, after which he galvanized his special skills and local machinery, in particular, a data entry operator, and doctored a margin- al victory on the recount. That is quite a record for fraud. Sadly, he has to confront with hostile state government led by Amma that won the recent assembly election in his home state. And can one for- get how the Indian Bank was cleaned up and left with only non-performing assets thanks to him and his Tamil Maanila buddies?
Celebrity lawyer Ram Jethmalani recently hurdled serious charges in an article stating that being Finance Minister in the UPA government was his finest hour. He could fiddle around with share markets, capital markets, banks, financial instruments, such as, securities, participatory notes, tax treaties, not to speak of spectrum sale, and use his extraordinary innovative powers of black money magic to plunder our country with complete impunity. He assiduously cultivated the media with his clipped English accent (that led him down, now and then), occasion- al freebies, and sustained shadows of the Enforcement Directorate that he commanded.
On the positive note, he is unfairly criticized for his handling of home ministry but to his credit, he has performed better than his predecessor Mr Shivraj Patil by far. The terror attacks are drastically reduced, J&K situation looks under control, Telengana is a political issue hence he should be blamed for the mess, North East is looking fragile though manageable. We must understand that India's internal security is a huge challenge with micro dynamic changes every hour. We have open borders with many hostile states making the internal issue more complex. But his handling of public standoff with Pranab Mukherjee, Baba Ramdev mid night assault, Anna Hazare unexpected arrest prior to his historic fast, booking Subramanium Swamy for anti minority article, open support to suspended Gujrat cop Sanjeev Bhat questions his political intelligence.
By J Gopikrishnan - The Pioneer